The Lion King is back in cinemas in 2019, but where was this bold new vision filmed?

Where was the 2019 remake of The Lion King filmed? When the trailers began to drop, fans of the beloved 1994 Disney classic were astonished by the wealth of gorgeous visuals on display. Of course, it appears to be the same old story, but we’ve never seen it like this before. 

The studio has a pretty terrific track record for reimagining their own output as of late. We’ve seen Cinderella, Beauty and the beast and more receive exciting new treatment; however, it’s perhaps 2016’s The Jungle Book which stunned audiences the most.

The familiar narrative was breathtakingly recaptured, which is great news for The Lion King fans – director Jon Favreau helmed both efforts. So, what does he have in store this time?

So, what’s new?

As you’ll know, Disney has made the leap from traditional animation to photorealistic CGI. The project was approached in a similar vein to The Jungle Book, but there appears to be even more emphasis on wondrous technology here. 

Of course, the look of the film has adapted considerably, but that’s not all. We also have a phenomenally talented new voice cast featuring the likes of Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé (Nala), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and many more. James Earl Jones will also be reprising the role of Mufasa – a great move from Disney. 

Enough has changed to encourage us to journey out to Pride Rock once again, but where was The Lion King actually filmed?

Los Angeles, California

As mentioned, the film utilises state of the art technology, and Disney itself has not asserted the project as a live-action remake. This is because much of it is sculpted with the aid of technology, and principal production began in 2017 on a blue screen stage in L.A. 

It’s destined to be regarded as a technologically groundbreaking achievement. How these worlds can be conjured through such means remains simply astonishing; the results are undeniable. 

South Africa

It wasn’t all filmed in Los Angeles, surely? Well, you guessed right. 

Disney’s 1994 Hamlet-inspired tale was – of course – set in Africa, so it’s no surprise that the film’s IMDb page confirms some of the 2019 version was shot in South Africa. 

Although the results of cutting-edge technology proved staggering with The Jungle Book, it’s great to hear that there will be some authenticity. It looks stunning nevertheless – be sure to check it out Friday, July 19th, 2019. 

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